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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

crime of love: UN Dep. Sec-Gen says 50 percent of murdered women are killed by spouses

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UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has stated that one-in-two women murdered are either killed by their Lover or ex-Lover.

Mrs. Mohammed speaking in Brussels in the launching of a new affiliation between UN and EU, in trying to curb violence against women and girls.

Inscribing the European Development Days, she stated that joint ‘spotlight Initiative’ was a Key element for making Global Goal 5 on women’s empowerment, of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a substantiality.
She further reiterates that some countries, “prioritise focus on the most extreme form of violence – femicide”.
“Often, in the wake of these murders, we find that women have indeed reported to the police, or sought medical care.
“But service providers did not have adequate information or the means to identify the risk,” the UN deputy scribe said.
Mrs. Mohammed also stated that some of the violence has occurred due to the serious insecurity issue that women face, particularly where they were advocating for women’s rights.
“Attacks and discrimination are deeply embedded in social norms, attitudes, and practices. Addressing these mindsets will require significant investments of time, resources, and political will,” she asserted.
This is the third year working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the forum in 2018 is spotlighting on gender equality.
“Without equality and empowerment, we will simply perpetuate today’s paradigm: trying to address all the world’s challenges with only half the world’s assets,” she said.
The UN deputy chief cited the World Bank in detailing how women’s equal participation in the labor force had the potential to unlock 160 trillion dollars for sustainable development reinvestment.
“Yet a stark reality prevails: more women than men live in extreme poverty,” she said, adding that the worldwide pay gap stands at 23 percent, and gender roles have been too slow to change.
Mrs. Mohammed needled-out the benefit of reaching SDG 5 – for the more than 190 countries around the world who signed up to the Goals in 2015 – which calls for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
“I often call it the ‘docking station’ for all the goals,” she said, flagging that Spotlight builds on civil society leaders and aims to address some of the imbalances women face.
The UN deputy chief also underscored the UN’s commitment to lead by example by empowering women within the organization itself.
Mrs. Mohammed said the UN was working towards, for the first time in its history, full gender parity in the Senior Management Group and among those nominated to be its Resident Coordinators.
“We have a long way to go. But we have a plan and we have the will,” she stressed.


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